Watch Pixies' 'Star Wars'-Inspired 'What Goes Boom' Video

Iconic band answers 'EP-1' song's titular question with an explosive moment

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Marc Hogan

Pixies' new video, as directors Jonathan Furmanski and Matthew Galki describe it, was a product of give-and-take. "Our original vision for the 'What Goes Boom' video was to create an homage to a central, dramatic scene in Star Wars," the two told NPR. "But, after that idea proved a bit too costly to produce, we decided the next best thing was to blow up [guitarist] Joey Santiago in the desert — the compromises we make for our art." Spoiler alert? The song, from the Kim Deal-less Pixies' new EP-1, is a gnashing, heavier one; the video mainly focuses on a Tattooine-like landscape, for long stretches at a time, until Santiago shows up, wanders around for a little while, and — yup — goes boom. You maniacs! You blew him up! Damn — wait, wrong sci-fi movie.

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